I spent a lot of time over the christmas and new year break thinking about the nine months that had elapsed since launching AustralianBlogs.
We had extended our local directory to include AustralianPodcasts. Added a newspaper-style aggregator of local blog posts in News2. Launched our WordPress-driven bloghost, Weblogger. Started to experiment with a local wiki, AustralianWiki, and I even dabbled in maintaining a personal blog, RealEstate2. (We also launched the Sydney weblogger meetup, which is looked after by Sara Goldstein, the fantabulous Bargain Queen)
One achievement that I was particular proud of, was that the generous folk at Port80, thought enough of my work to select News2 as a finalist in the 2006 WA Web Awards. Kay Smoljak, of Clever Starfish (Kay + Dave + Anton), thanks so much for your coffee-buddyship, guidance and technical expertise (i.e. “web standards, we’ve got standards?“).
Not too shabby, and of course more work/pruning needs to be done in properly launching and building a successful website. (And I wouldn’t class any of mine in the ‘successful’ bucket yet. It’s a nice start, but more blood, sweat and tears required I think.)
So, on to my announcement.
My balcony-time over christmas led me to think that you can’t really be working in the web if you haven’t done ecommerce.
So, the AustralianBlogs group is proud to announce the launch of our first ecommerce store, FLOWERS.org.au. We are an online florist backed up by an international floral network (with a strong local base) offering beautiful fresh flowers and free delivery Australia-wide. All proceeds go to funding AustralianBlogs.
Please keep us in mind (esp. over Valentine’s Day!)